The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-08
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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The best-selling textbook in the field,The Last Danceoffers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of death and dying. Integrating the experiential, scholarly, social, individual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, the eighth edition of this acclaimed text has been thoroughly revised to offer cutting-edge and comprehensive coverage of death studies. Together with its companion volumes, this new edition ofThe Last Danceprovides solid grounding in theory and research, as well as practical application to students' lives.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Attitudes Toward Death: A Climate of Changep. 5
Learning About Death: The Influence of Sociocultural Forcesp. 47
Perspectives on Death: Cultural and Historicalp. 85
Death Systems: Mortality and Societyp. 127
Health Care: Patients, Staff, and Institutionsp. 167
End-of-Life Issues and Decisionsp. 199
Facing Death: Living with Life-Threatening Illnessp. 239
Last Rites: Funerals and Body Dispositionp. 273
Survivors: Understanding the Experience of Lossp. 311
Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescentsp. 351
Death in the Lives of Adultsp. 385
Suicidep. 413
Threats of Horrendous Deathp. 453
Beyond Death/After Lifep. 491
The Path Ahead: Personal and Social Choicesp. 525
Epiloguep. 551
Notesp. 553
Credits and Sourcesp. 627
Name Indexp. 631
Subject Indexp. 644
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